Several U.S officials – leakers – told CNN Thursday the United States is trying to locate and monitor hundreds of people in the United States who were found as part of the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid last month in Yemen. That was the raid in which Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed. Many in the media and in the Democrat Party claimed it was a useless raid that uncovered no information.
Some of these people are believed to be in the West.
Why was this leaked?
These people are tied to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
That’s good news when considering a Navy SEAL gave his life and civilians died. They didn’t die needlessly.
It’s very bad news also in that several U.S. officials leaked this information. It’s putting these potential terrorists on notice. This sounds like a dangerous leak.
The terabyte’s worth of intelligence gathered from computers and cell phones is now being reviewed at the National Media Exploitation Center outside Washington, which analyzes documents, electronic media, cell phones, video and audio tapes seized on overseas missions.
Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees US troops in the region, called the mission “successful” from the military’s point of view.
“The object was to go in and collect intelligence. We accomplished that, so from that perspective it was successful. I certainly understand how the family would look at this in a different light,” Votel told CBS News.
Ryan Owens did not die in vain, something his father was very concerned about. He at least has an answer now. During Trump’s joint address to Congress on Tuesday, he assured Owen’s widow, who was a guest of Ivanka Trump’s, that he spoke with DoD chief Mattis that evening who assured him the raid was of great value to the United States.